China Stocks Close down 6.4% amid Oil Rout, Fed-Ticipation

Mainland equities sold off sharply in the final hour of trade on Tuesday, leading the losses in Asia, amid a renewed selloff in oil and caution ahead of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decision.

China’s Shanghai Composite closed down 6.4 percent, hitting its lowest level since December 2014. The late burst of selling came after the index traded down 2 percent for most of the session, giving up all of Monday’s gains. Year-to-date, the index is already 22 percent lower.

News that the People’s Bank of China conducted its biggest daily open markets operation in three years failed to lift sentiment. The central bank injected 360 billion yuan into money markets on Tuesday in an attempt to boost liquidity ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.

Oil majors such as PetroChina and Sinopec tumbled 5 percent each as U.S. crude fell below $30 a barrel on Tuesday.

Oversupply fears were to blame for oil’s rout after Iraqi officials told Reuters on Monday that the country had record output in December, with certain fields producing as much as 4.13 million barrels a day.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.